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Sri Lanka’s cricket board restored day after being sacked

Sri Lanka´s Charith Asalanka walks back to the pavilion after his dismissal during the 2023 ICC Men´s Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 2, 2023. — AFP

COLOMBO: The Sri Lankan cricket board was restored by a court on Tuesday just a day after it was sacked by the sports minister following a humiliating run in the ICC World Cup 2023. 

The country’s Court of Appeal quashed the minister’s decision and restored the expelled officials pending a full hearing.

The court accepted a petition by board president Shammi Silva challenging minister Roshan Ranasinghe’s move on Monday to dismiss the Sri Lanka Cricket board and appoint an interim committee. 

“The restoring of the board is for two weeks, when the court will hear the case again,” a court official said.

Board officials said Silva was due to return to work after securing an order that prevented the interim committee — headed by former skipper Arjuna Ranatunga — from continuing in office.

The government has also appointed a cabinet committee to address “outstanding issues” of the board.

The minister’s action after India thrashed Sri Lanka and won by 302 runs. The losing side could only score 55 runs in 19.4 runs. 

Ranasinghe has been at loggerheads with Sri Lanka Cricket — the richest sports organisation on the financially stricken island — for months over allegations of widespread corruption.

The country’s 1996 World Cup-winning skipper Ranatunga had vowed to clean up the board and rebuild the national team after taking over on Monday.

“Sri Lanka Cricket had become known as the most corrupt institution in the country,” Ranatunga said on Monday.

“I want to change that image.”


— Input from AFP.

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